Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: British Columbia, Canada
The reason for doing figure 8's is when wrapping a joint, the most important thing to remember is that the joint must be free to bend, especially if the horse should lie down. A bandage that binds the accessory carpal bone, the little bone that sticks out the back of the knee, can cause extreme lameness or even a slab fracture should the horse fold its leg under itself when it lies down. Figure 8's done correctly allow for some bending.